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My name's Jim and it's been 3 weeks since my last drink, opps wrong group.
I'm an architectural model maker by trade in NYC. Hobbies include military model making, woodworking, baseball, music. In the process of setting up my router table and all the jigs and bits and bobs to go along with it. Have about 30 years experience in the shop, so enough to know when to make unsafe cuts or not.
 

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Hello and welcome to the forums Jim...
But according to your icon window yur choosing to be known as N/A...

So...... Welcome to the forums N/A...

I'd love to see some of work...
 
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Glad you decided to join the fun. Sounds like you do some delicate work on the modelng. I'd love to see some of that work when you can. You can post pictures that are on your hard drive, just drag and drop them into the space just below your post.
 

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Welcome to the forum, Jim! Add your first name to your profile to clear the N/a in the side panel, please sir.

We do like photos so show us your shop, tools, projects, etc. whenever you're ready. We'd love to see some of the architectural models if you can show any.

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Hello and welcome to the router forum, Jim
 
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G'day Jim, welcome to the forum.
 
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I guess I can't direct link yet but if you would like to see some examples of the models, put in Kennedy Fabrications. As to the shop and projects, here are some. I am in the process of re-working the shop. After doing the Credenza I noticed the old workbench had a slight dip in the middle going long ways and I never really liked how the t-tracks worked, or more like didn't work. So a new bench was my first Corona project. I went with a solid core door because I thought the manufacturer said it had an MDF core, well what they meant was that the top and bottom faces are 1/8" MDF and then particle board core. Well for now it will be a test bed keeping my fingers crossed. I had first thought to just go with a grid of 3/4" dog holes and then came across the Microjig clamps. So I went for it. I know I will be integrating their clamps into jigs and fixtures.
 

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Jim this is a great looking table but after I watched the Micro Jig video yesterday and saw that they used 2 - 3/4" sheets of MDF glues together I really had to wonder how much wear those dovetails would take before it was an issue. I really like the overall design and capabilities of yours being a heavier table better suited for say hand planning versus the one built on the adjustable height table that Micro Jig used. I see yous does have casters which is what I would do but I suspect it doesn't rock back and forth when doing tasks such as hand planning. I don't do much of that but need a steady table when I do. I especially like the side skirts that give you endless clamping ability, much more versatile than say using a bench clamp but then the question arises just how much pressure will those clamps provide?
 

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Welcome to the Router Forums Jim. Nice looking bench, almost too pretty to work on. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your projects.
 

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Jim this is a great looking table but after I watched the Micro Jig video yesterday and saw that they used 2 - 3/4" sheets of MDF glues together I really had to wonder how much wear those dovetails would take before it was an issue. I really like the overall design and capabilities of yours being a heavier table better suited for say hand planning versus the one built on the adjustable height table that Micro Jig used. I see yous does have casters which is what I would do but I suspect it doesn't rock back and forth when doing tasks such as hand planning. I don't do much of that but need a steady table when I do. I especially like the side skirts that give you endless clamping ability, much more versatile than say using a bench clamp but then the question arises just how much pressure will those clamps provide?
Hi Steve,
Time will tell on the table but I'm not really worried. The only thing to watch out for would be striking them hard from the side and possibly tearing out. The clamps hold very well.
 

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Jim can you give us a breakdown of the materials used? I've been wanting to do just this project and it looks like you've nailed it. Making the dovetail grooves and all is straight forward but I'm more interested in the materials and where you veer off from the original plans.
 

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Microjig style table

Jim can you give us a breakdown of the materials used? I've been wanting to do just this project and it looks like you've nailed it. Making the dovetail grooves and all is straight forward but I'm more interested in the materials and where you veer off from the original plans.
I made my table with the dog holes before I came across the Microjig table design. So at firs I thought to just add the side clamping and end panel portions. Then after using the table a few times for sample mock up builds I saw that I wanted a DT slot in the top close to the front/back edge on the long sides. Well after doing that and trying it out I felt the DT grooves seemed to be strong enough so I went for it and did the whole table top. If I were to do it all again I would just follow their plans but make it the size I wanted. My table is 36"x80" due to the door size. My last table was 36"x72" which seemed fine. This one is fine also but I wouldn't go any larger for my shop space. They use 1" dog holes but I like the 3/4" holes so I can still use standard dogs and side clamps. They did that so that you can insert their clamps from the top but I just remove the Allen head screw and put them in from the bottom if need be. I also only made my end clamping panel out of 3/4" and just bumped it out with 3/4" spacer strips on the backside. It is flat and square to the top. The biggest problem I ran into was that when I add the side clamping pieces on, I used 2x4milled down but I changed the spacing from what they did. I then ran into a problem using the clamps because when you use them for edge clamping you can see in my last photo that it was very close to the horizontal DT groove. This caused the groove to crack out in some places. It wouldn't have happened if I used their spacing so I add 1/4" plywood to the top of the 2x4. PITA but it worked.
 
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